Indian Premier League 2009 May 1, 2009

Kamran Khan reported for suspect action

Cricinfo staff

Kamran Khan, the Rajasthan Royals left-arm seamer, has been reported for a suspect action. Rudi Koertzen and Gary Baxter, the on-field umpires for the IPL game between Rajasthan and Chennai Super Kings at Centurion on April 30, said they had concerns over Kamran, 18, and hence requested the authorities to review his action.

The two on-field umpires and TV umpire Amish Saheba reviewed footage of the game and believed Kamran's action needed further scrutiny. The matter has now been referred to the Rajasthan management and the IPL's technical committee.

"The matter has now been referred to the team management of the Rajasthan Royals and the IPL's technical committee as per the laws of cricket that govern our game," Lalit Modi, chairman and commissioner of the IPL, said. "I now await the report from the technical committee and will then decide on the future course of action."

Kamran can continue to play until he is proven guilty of an illegal action. In five IPL games he has taken six wickets at 20.66, limping off the field during his last over against Chennai on Thursday.

Shane Warne, the Rajasthan captain, said the team would back Kamran wholly. "Kamran has made a big impact in this IPL. He is a young man with a great work ethic and a huge appetite to learn," said Warne. "With these attributes in mind, we are confident that this issue will be resolved very quickly. However, our first priority is a swift recovery from his knee injury from the last game. We currently await a full medical report after his MRI scan today."

Kamran, from Azamgarh in the north-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was spotted by Rajasthan team director Darren Berry at a talent scouting camp earlier this year. He impressed Warne instantly after bowling one over against the Cape Cobras in a warm-up game played a couple of days before the IPL kicked off. He was the bowler chosen by Warne to bowl the decisive 'super over' in the win against Kolkata Knight Riders.